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Dimensions: 125.8 x 95.2cm (49.5 x 37.25in)
Henrietta Churchill was the eldest daughter of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, and his wife Sarah Jennings. In 1722, on the Duke`s death, she succeeded as Duchess of Marlborough in her own right. In 1698, she married Francis, 2nd Earl of Godolphin, the son of Queen Anne's Lord High Treasurer, becoming Lady Godolphin. She had five children, William (c. 1700 - 1731), later Marquess of Blandford (seen in this portrait), who married Catherine de Jongh, Henry (b.c.1700), Margaret (b.c.1703), Henrietta (d.1776), later Duchess of Newcastle and Mary (1723 - 1764), later Duchess of Leeds.
Sir Godfrey Kneller (Lubeck 1646 - London 1723) was the most prolific and distinguished painter of Baroque portraits in England. He had some training with Bol and Rembrandt and came to London in 1676. In 1688 he was appointed Principal Painter to the King (jointly with John Riley who died in 1691) a post he retained until his death, being made a Knight in 1692 and a baronet in 1715. He created a new format of portraiture - the 'Kit - kat' for the members of the Kit - kat Club (political leaders of the Whig party), many of which now hang in the National Portrait Gallery in London. He was the first governor of the first 'Academy' in London until he was succeeded by Thornhill in 1718.
Literature: 'The Dictionary of 16th and 17th Century British Painters' Ellis Waterhouse, 1988.
Thence by family descent until sold by the trustees of the 12th Duke of Leeds at Hornby Castle, Lancashire, 1964;
J.H.C. Evelyn; by whose trustees sold, London, Christies November 1972 (as attributed to Kneller), sold to Ledbury;
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's March 1990 (as Charles D'Agar)
Private collection, London
|Height||125.80 cm||(49.53 inches)|
|Width||95.20 cm||(37.48 inches)|